The Antarctic : An Anthology, Paperback

The Antarctic : An Anthology Paperback

Edited by Francis Spufford

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"The Antarctic" features an international mix of classic first-person accounts of exploration, literary travelogues and works of cultural history, natural science and fiction about the South Pole.

Contributors include British, American, Australian, Scandinavian, Japanese and Russian explorers such as Ernest Shackleton, Apsely Cherry-Garrard, Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, Richard Byrd and Fouglas Mawson; novelists such as H.P.

Lovecraft, Diane Ackerman, Jenny Diski and Kim Stanley Robinson and popular travel writers such as Sara Wheeler.

It is published alongside the companion volume, "The Arctic: An Anthology", edited by Elizabeth Kolbert.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9781847080288



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An anthology of Antarctica stories and diary excerpts. Shackleton describing the days immediately before his decision to turn around without reaching the pole. Scott explaining that nine days ago they only had two days of food left and that the end is near. Amundsen pondering his arrival at the South Pole in light of the fact that his life long dream was to reach the North.But also tourists describing their voyage along the coast, menial workers talking about the relations between themselves and the scientists and managers at McMurdo and a great story by Sara Wheeler, giving insight on the life and personalities of the people working in the Antarctic in the mid 90s.